Get behind Yamba festival
WITH a new pair of hands at the reins, Live Prawn Productions is back on track - and it's calling for some extra members to climb aboard.
Phil Nicholas is LPP's new president and with a mountain of motivation and drive, he is keen to charge full steam ahead.
"I was a member of LPP, sitting on the sideline for about a year, getting to know the people and the culture, and so I put my hand up to lead the group and I am really passionate about it," Mr Nicholas said.
With a background in event management and arts, Mr Nicholas is no stranger to the role.
"I was an event producer in London, where I managed the London Literature Festival, musicians, was a tour manager and worked in the music industry," he said.
"Now I work here for National Parks, so events is more of a hobby for me."
Now the licence has been granted to continue the Yamba River Markets for the next three years, Mr Nicholas said the next thing was to determine whether the Surfing the Coldstream Festival would go ahead this year.
"I can't make an announcement on that yet, it's still being discussed, but we would love to have it run this year," he said.
But the only way it could happen was if more people jumped on deck to help out.
"Community support is crucial - these things don't happen on their own," Mr Nicholas said.
"With the funny timing with the tender, we couldn't do anything until now, so we're really hoping people will come on board.
"There are some great members of the community who have been putting in work for many years, but the same people can't do these things forever.
"It's time for new people to step up - I'm one of them and the new vice-president Kathryn Woods is one of them."
LPP will post available positions on the Yamba River Markets Facebook page and on http://www.surfingthecoldstream.com.au website this week.
"This is a chance for people to work with a professional group and be involved with these community events," Mr Nicholas said.